Peterborough United striker Dave Hibbert has said his career could have been over following complications with a serious knee injury.
The former Shrewsbury man has spent the past eight months on the sidelines.
He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I was told at one point that I had just a 50% chance of ever playing football again.
"It's just such a rare injury, but fingers crossed I'm now over the worst of it."
Hibbert joined the Posh in the summer of 2010 on a free transfer from Shrewsbury.
He suffered what was initially thought to be a dislocated knee in November's 4-1 FA Cup win against Stockport.
"I did two injuries at once basically, though at the time I didn't realise. I dislocated my knee, but then I was in agony when I tried to return to training in March," he said.
"It turned out there was a really rare kind of tear in the flesh which surrounds my Achilles."
With initial attempts to repair the tear having failed, Hibbert underwent surgery last week, and the former Port Vale and Preston man hopes to be ready for a return to first-team action in the early autumn.
"It's difficult to say what I can do for the club next season. My only aim is to get back fit and go from there," he said.